How Youth Can Reshape Political Participation in Nigeria

By Chris Olaoluwa Ògúnmọ́dẹdé Can Nigeria’s #EndSARS protests evolve into a force that can restructure electoral politics? Or will the protests, which culminated with the state opening fire on its own citizens in Lagos, simply become a dramatic, but ineffective interlude, to the status quo? If recent electoral contests held in Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa, Plateau …

Insecurity and Covid-19: Threats to Electoral Democracy in Africa

By Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim More than 13 African countries are scheduled to hold or have already held, parliamentary or presidential elections in 2021. Reflective of the democratic backsliding observed on the continent in recent years, more than a third of these polls are likely to be little more than political theatre – aimed at garnering …

How tenure elongation and a lack of term limits weaken the integrity of elections in Africa

By Ayisha Osori Until the late 1980s, Liberia’s constitution was the only one in Africa to provide clarity for presidential term limits. Without these limits, political succession was a major source of instability on the continent, with many countries dominated by a single leader who insisted on his – and it was always him – …

Crafting Credible Election Commissions in West Africa

By Professor L. Adele Jinadu The crass and partisan manipulation of African electoral management bodies (EMBs) was a central feature of the legacy of abuse that successor regimes to colonial rule in Africa inherited and perpetuated. Embedded in partisan politics through “outright control” by successor regimes, EMBs became “ineffectual mechanisms for democratically managing diversity”. To …

Judgements and Jurisprudence: Presiding over presidential petitions in Africa

By Dr O’Brien Kaaba In 2017 the Kenyan Supreme Court became the first court on the African continent to annul a presidential election following full due process. In February 2020 the Malawian High Court, sitting as a constitutional court, followed suit in cancelling the results of the May 2019 presidential election. Not only did the …

Electoral Corruption In Nigeria: A Case Study Of The 2019 General Elections

A major pillar of post-1990 democratic transitions in Africa is the periodic organization and conduct of constitutionally entrenched competitive partyelections, by an independent electoral management body (EMB), to electivepublic political offices in the executive and legislative branches of government in the African state. The conduct of the elections is required to conform substantially with guiding …

Personal Data and the Influence Industry in Nigerian Elections

In Nigeria’s 2015 election, Cambridge Analytica (CA) spread targeted disinformation to suppress opposition votes and allegedly released sensitive medical and financial information about then opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari. In 2018, the Nigerian government formed a committee to investigate, amongst others, CA’s 2015 activities and promised criminal prosecutions if necessary. However, two years on, there has …

Kananan Yara Sun Kada Kuri’a a Zaben Kananan Hukumomi Da Ya Gudana a Jahar Kano

Tushen Magana: A ranar Asabat, 16 ga watan Janairun shekara ta 2021, masu bin diddigin sahihancin labarai na Cibiyar Bunkasa Demokaradiyya Da Cigada (CDD) sun gano tarin hotuna da bidiyoyi da ke nuna kananan yara suna kada kuri’a a lokacin da ake gudanar da zaben shugabannin kananan hukumomi da kansiloli da aka gudanar a fadin …

COVID-19 Pandemic: Steps To Conducting An Election

With guidance from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released measures to be taken by electorates and officials to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) during elections in Nigeria. These measures include steps expected to be taken by both electoral officers, voters and observers during an election …

FACT-CHECK: Seriake Dickson Not Disqualified by Abuja High Court for Certificate Forgery

VERDICT: False CLAIM: A WhatsApp message shared widely in groups and on Facebook was spotted  on November 13, 2020 claimed that the Federal High Court in Abuja had disqualified Seriake Dickson, from contesting  the Bayelsa West Senatorial District election over certificate forgery. Seriake Dickson is the immediate past Governor of Bayelsa state and candidate of …

WEST AFRICA SPEED NOTE ON ELECTIONS

MALI: THE INSTITUTION OF A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL COURT Following the recommendation of ECOWAS, a new Constitutional Court has been established to resolve the socio-political crisis that is shaking the country. The new composition of nine includes three members (Amadou Ousmane Touré, Asser Kamate, and Doucourou Kadidia Traoré) appointed by the Head of State, three members …

Elections, Democracy and COVID-19 in West Africa

Based on its analysis of elections conducted so far in West Africa during the current pandemic, the Centre for Democracy and Development outlines the following considerations to guide the conduct of elections under the pandemic: Tissued by national governments, public health authorities, and national task forces on the movement and safety of people should inform …